Sensory tourism: A case study on Devnar school for the blind

  • Nagarjuna G, Dr Assistant Professor
  • Pravalhika Vadarevu, Ms Student

Abstract

Sensory tourism is a form of tourism aimed at attracting the physical and multi-sensory aspects of travel, enhancing the travel experience specifically for the visually impaired, but also benefits those around it. The visually impaired face many difficulties related to traditional tourism, such as the ability to access information, navigate, safety and knowledge of those around them. This results in visually impaired members traveling much less than non-visually impaired people. This paper aims to determine the challenges and issues faced by visually impaired students and their teachers at Devnar School for the Blind while undertaking and organizing travel respectively, along with identifying facilities and infrastructure required for visually impaired students to undertake travel. The scope of the study focuses on Devnar School for the Blind in Hyderabad, Telangana. The targeted respondents of the research were teachers and students at the school and data were collected through open-ended questions to understand the challenges and issues while undertaking and organizing travel for the visually impaired. The data were analysed with the help of thematic text analysis. The findings from this study will help to determine the issues and challenges and identify scope for improvement in Sensory Tourism.

Author Biographies

Nagarjuna G, Dr, Assistant Professor

Dr Nagarjuna G is an Assistant Professor in Department of Tourism Management, School of Business and Management, Bannerghatta Campus, Christ (Deemed to be University). He has presented research and conceptual papers in seminars and conferences at national and international level. He has published articles in acclaimed journals and participated in research workshops. He was one of the Organizing committee members for a one-day national seminar on ‘Tourism and Community Development’. He also worked as research assistant for the Major research project funded by Christ University. He has published one research article in Scopus Indexed journal. His area of specialization is sustainable tourism.

Pravalhika Vadarevu, Ms, Student

Miss Pravalhika Vadarevu is a graduate in Bachelor of Business Administration, specializing in Tourism and Travel Management from Bannerghatta Campus, Christ (Deemed to be University). Her areas of interest include sensory tourism, tourism in the LGBTQIA+ community and leisure tourism. Her academic interests are integrated marketing, human resource management, event management, and research and development. She is also a member of arts club at Christ (Deemed to be University) and is personally interested in poetry writing and story writing as hobbies.

Published
2021-12-28
How to Cite
G, Nagarjuna; VADAREVU, Pravalhika. Sensory tourism: A case study on Devnar school for the blind. Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts, [S.l.], v. 13, n. 2, p. 103-126, dec. 2021. ISSN 2590-3837. Available at: <https://myjms.mohe.gov.my/index.php/jthca/article/view/15605>. Date accessed: 21 may 2022.